Hair loss treatments do not inspire much confidence. If you are unwilling to foot exorbitant costs and are put off by the possible side effects of drug treatments, there are precious little alternatives. However, emerging evidence suggests there are a number of natural products worth trying.
Although more research is needed to assess how amla powder affects human hair, the results from animal studies suggest it holds promise.
There are other things you can try if your hair loss is causing you distress but most treatments aren’t available on the NHS, so you’ll have to pay for them.
Some wigs are available on the NHS, but you may have to pay unless you qualify for financial help.
There are two types of wigs to choose from and both come with pros and cons.
As the NHS explains, synthetic wigs are not too costly and are easy to maintain.
Real-hair wigs, on the other hand, last longer than synthetic wigs and look more natural but are far more expensive and harder to maintain.
Other hair loss treatments include:
- Steroid injection – injections given into bald patches
- Steroid creams – cream applied to bald patches
- Immunotherapy – chemical applied to bald patches
- Light treatment – shining ultraviolet light on bald patches
- Tattooing – tattoo used to look like short hair and eyebrows
- Hair transplant – hair cells are moved to thinning patches
- Scalp reduction surgery – sections of scalp with hair are stretched and stitched together
- Artificial hair transplant – surgery to implant artificial hairs.
Some of the above treatments may not be available on the NHS.
Losing hair can be upsetting – for many people, hair is an important part of who they are.
“If your hair loss is causing you distress, your GP may be able to help you get some counselling,” advises the NHS.
You may also benefit from joining a support group, or speaking to other people in the same situation on online forums.
Try these online support groups:
- Alopecia UK
- Alopecia Awareness.